|Schools honored for raising achievement of economically disadvantaged students|
Callaway Elementary School has been recognized by the Virginia Board of Education as a Title 1 Distinguished School for the sixth consecutive year.
Monday, January 6, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Two Franklin County elementary schools have been recognized for raising the achievement level of economically disadvantaged students.
Callaway and Snow Creek elementary schools were recognized by the Virginia Board of Education as Title 1 Distinguished Schools.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Callaway has been honored by the board of education for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for two consecutive years and achieving average reading and mathematics SOL scores at 60th percentile or higher.
The two county schools are among only 57 schools across the state recognized this year by the Virginia Board of Education.
The awards are based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 school years.
Title 1 schools have a minimum of 35 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.
Title 1 is the largest federal education funding program. It provides funding for high poverty schools to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind.
"I commend the teachers, principals and other educators in all of these schools for helping students meet the commonwealth's expectations for grade-level learning in reading and mathematics," said Board of Education President David M. Foster. "Virginia's new SOL tests -- which emphasize the application of content knowledge and critical thinking -- set a higher bar, and the students in these schools are better prepared for having met it."
The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.
"Teachers in these Title I schools challenge their students every day to meet the same expectations we have for students in more affluent communities," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright. "They believe in their students and reject the idea that family incomes predetermine educational outcomes."
Each school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.